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How to See Google Search Results for Other Locations

Google has tons of options and URL parameters defining its geo-location settings. In fact, there are so many of them that it is easy to get lost. This post attempts to provide a clear-cut tutorial on how to see search results for other languages and locations:

1. Search Google for Pages in the Specified Language

You can force Google to only search within pages in any language you want. For that you will need to use the following URL parameter:

lr=

(in combination with any language code you can find here)

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Note!

This URL parameter only affects the language of the current page. It doesn’t matter where the page or the site originates from.

2. See Pages Originating from Any Country

There’s no secret that Google uses server location as one of the facts determining the location and targeting of the site itself. To force Google to show you only pages from a specific country (by server location) you can use the following URL parameter:

cr=country..

Substitute the two dots you see above with a country code you can find here.

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As you can see in the screenshot above, there are quite a few .com results in the search results. But if you run a domain whois lookup, you will see that all the domains are hosted in the specified country (which is Estonia in our example).

Note!

If you use any local Google search engines (other than Google.com), you might see this option in your search sidebar – it prompts you to restrict results to only pages from your country.

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3. Search Results as They Would Appear in Any Other Country

While the above two search URL parameters create somewhat “artificial” filtering, this one actually shows you exactly what you would have seen if you were searching from the chosen location (with some differences as there would be no local personalization of the results):

gl=country..

Again, substitute the two dots you see above with a country code you can find here.

The parameter doesn’t change your language preference as well:

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This parameter would also affect Google Advertisements you see above or next to the search results.

If you have to deal with different locations when searching, you will find this FireFox addon very useful: Google Global: allows you to easily see what any Google search results look like in outer countries, cities and zip codes… exactly as if you were in that location.

Just have it installed and set your preferred locations in the addon options:

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From now on, whenever you need to see any local results, just right-click in Google search results and select your location (or you can open all local search results – each in a new tab):

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Do you ever have to deal with search results in different languages or from different locations? Please share your tips!

 How to See Google Search Results for Other Locations
Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing, tutorials and her guest blogging project, MyBlogGuest.com.
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27 thoughts on “How to See Google Search Results for Other Locations

  1. Great , this will help me a lot since i make researches in 3 languages and find it hard somtimes to find some informations ! thank you very much pictures made it very clear !! :) !!!!!

  2. This is the most informative post I had seen for a couple of weeks. It is the most useful for me as I have clients that are from other countries and sometimes we are seeing different search results. Thanks Ann, you are Smarty. :)

  3. great post, ann…my favorite trick is to use the ‘near’ attribute to get local results at a city or ZIP level, like:

    &near=miami OR &near=92037

    works like a charm!

  4. Just picked up my first global/international ORM client so this is going to be very useful. Thanks!

  5. Alas, those methods are not so useful as they should be. You can change everything but without using proxy servers you will get personalized results. You’d better use proxy server, change a default language for you computer, etc. Only in this case you can get results which are (more or less) close to the truth.

  6. I searched everywhere trying to figure out how to get google results from different countries. This is by far the best post I’ve seen. Thanks!

  7. Tnx for the post.I would like to ask something if it’s possible. Do you know why the ranking is different at every location? I have a blog for seo tests (see the link at “name”) , and i see differents results from location to location, when search at google my basic keywords.

  8. Very helpful tool. It is really interesting to see the variances in page position from country to country. Goes to show that it pays to think globally in terms of SEO!

  9. With Google interpreting your “local intent” it gets increasingly difficult to figure out where your traffic is coming from. A lot our traffic is local, but apparently the user does not need to type in the location. Any tips on how to understand your traffic better?

  10. Yes, this does not work at the moment. I just installed it. In the add ons window, there’s no icon and when i select the “Options” button, it freezes up my Firefox v23.0.1. i have to force close it with task manager.

    it’s a shame, I live in Egypt and have clients in the US and need something like this to check ads, rankings etc.

    Oh well, like they said, it is free, and no support guaranteed. if anyone knows an alternative, please let me know. Thanks